Culper Ring 1936
Stir cas- three and e r i e n c e d has the in m*re will included Hod of BATH O A P rich throwing You ! ind D IOTJON I cup tomato so\ip eight. I d e n t i t y Of War Spies Disclosed D USTS' trunks In the attics of Long Island borne* have re- veUad the Identity of George Washington's spies -- hidden and unsuspected .for 150 years. Spies in every war are caught and condemned. Some hÂ»ve Â·Â»- caped capture, a few have concealed concealed their secret activities--but none more successfully than' the agents who served Washington during- the Revolution. Messages passed continu ally between Uie general on Long Island Island and his supporters In New York. Many men were suspected, but nothing was proven; no arrests arrests were made by the English. After years of Intensive research In Long Island archives, a member member of the N(jw York Historical Society followed clue after clue, and solved the mystery. Three names stand out: John Bolton, Samuel Culper, Sr., and Samuel Culper, Jr. Letters bear- Ing these slgnatuies were found- referring- to troop movements. But no record existed that these men ever lived. A musty old trunk in the attic of the Townsend family of Oyster Bay gave up a yellowed letter by Robert Town Bend,' son of Samuel --and similarity was noted in the script of young Townsend and Uiat or Culper, Jr. The letter mentioned mentioned Austin Roe, Abraham Woodhull and Benjamin Tall- xnadge. Papers left by the ancestors of the Woodbull and Roe families were discovered--piece by piece the story took form: five secret agents, and a black petticoat! Robert Townsend and Abraham Abraham Woodhull were both young, wealthy, distinguished. Townsend kept a store ID New York as a blind, Woodhull lived quietly on Lonf Island. Austin Roe waa tie skillful go-between. O N RECEIVING an urgent message from New York, Woodhull would race to the north- ern shore of Long Island and lonit for a black petticoat and a grottp of handkerchiefs on a clothes line. The black petticoat was hoisted by the fourth link in the chain-a chain-a boatman named Brewster. It was his humble but important task to ply the little ferry between Long Island and New York'. The black silk garment waa the recognized recognized signal that he had safely reached the shore of Long Island. The now famous handkerchiefs indicated the cove where he waited waited with his boat. Messages were relayed--Woodhull relayed--Woodhull to BrewHteY--who smuggled them to Major Benjamin Tall- madgc -- w h o conveyed t swiftly to General Washington. In Jeter days when Washington became President, he often visited tnew staunch friends--the human "chain" which had so loyally Â«rved the Revolution and Its leader. All of these spies -- America's first--lived some 50 years after the war, yet none save a few close friends knew of their activities as secret agents. Going To School By BERNICE YOUNG Evergreen, Cal. When I walk to school each day, And see the birds In the trees; They seem to look right down at me And sing, "May 1 go with you please ?" I always want to answer back You wouldn't want to go To sit and answer, "How, When ' Where." Because you might not know. Then the teacher standing there Will turn and give you heck. It ii much more fun for you up there, To peck, and peck, and peck.